In 2007, Florence and Daniel Guerlain decided to focus their efforts on their passion for drawing and founded the contemporary Drawing Prize. Intended for artists using graphics as their main vehicle of expression, although forms such as collage and murals may be included, it sponsors three artists per year. Since 2010, the award ceremony has been held at the Parisian Salon du Dessin, an art fair reserved for ancient and modern drawings that attracts collectors, specialists and museums from across the globe, and gives rise to much discussion on the presentation and conservation of artworks on paper. The winner receives an award of €15,000, while the two runners-up each receive an award of €5,000.
In addition, a work by the winner is donated by the Foundation to the Prints and Drawings Department at the Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Pompidou.
Since it was launched, the Drawing Prize has been awarded to: Silvia Bächli, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Catharina Van Eetvelde, Marcel Van Eeden, Jorinde Voigt, Susan Hefuna, Tomasz Kowalski, Jockum Nordström and Cameron Jamie.
The Drawing Prize is sponsored by “Le Cercle des Amis”, Neuflize OBC, Guerlain, Artcurial, Axa Art, Loticis, Le Chêne vert, the Salon du Dessin, L’École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Château Seguin and Champagne Bruno Paillard.
The names of the three shortlisted artists will be announced on Thursday 15 December 2016 at Beaux-Arts de Paris.
An exhibition of the works of these three artists will be shown at the Salon du Dessin which will run from 22 to 27 March 2017 at the Palais Brongniart, Paris. The jury will meet on 23 March 2017 at the Salon du Dessin and the winner will be announced on the same day.
Collectors and members of the jury for the 2017 Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation Drawing Prize
Christian de Dancourt (France), Raffaella Frascarelli (Italy), Pascale Gérardin (France), Loa Haagen Pictet (Switzerland), Ken Kuchin (USA), Léopold Meyer (France), Beatriz Yunes (Brazil), Florence and Daniel Guerlain.
The members of the committee are Emmanuelle Brugerolles, curator in charge of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris collection, Gabrielle Salomon, collector, graduate of the École du Louvre, Paris, Jonas Storsve, curator of the Prints and Drawings Department at the Mnam-Centre Pompidou, Paris, Carel van Tuyll, honorary curator, head of research at the Teylers Museum, Haarlem (Netherlands), Florence
and Daniel Guerlain.